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The Sider Institute announces the speakers in Messiah College’s annual Wittlinger Chapel Series for 2012


Messiah College, together with its Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies, announces the eighth annual Wittlinger Chapel Series, a three-part lecture series designed to discuss biblical themes central to the Brethren in Christ denomination’s heritage at Messiah College.  Each of the three chapels will be held at the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church, located at the main entrance of the Messiah College campus in Grantham, on September 13, September 27, and October 4, all from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  The lectures will focus on the principle of holy living—a fundamental concept in both the Brethren in Christ denomination and Messiah College.  Specific topics will include holiness, reconciliation, and peacemaking.  The Wittlinger Chapel Series is free and open to the public; those wishing to attend are encouraged to arrive early to obtain good seating.



Sept. 13, Professor Stephen Gallaher, addressing holiness

Dr. Stephen Gallaher, associate professor of Christian ministries, is loved by Messiah College students for his excellent teaching and his empathy with students outside of class.  Gallaher joined the Messiah College faculty in 2004.  He earned the M.Div. degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary and the D.Min. from Perkins School of Theology in 1996. 


Sept. 27, President Kim Phipps, addressing reconciliation

Dr. Kim Phipps has served as president of Messiah College since 2004 and from the first day of herpresidency has placed the theme of reconciliation at the center of the life and work of Messiah College.  Phipps earned the Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University in 1985.


Oct. 4, Professor George Pickens, addressing peacemaking

Dr. George Pickens, professor of theology and mission, came to Messiah College from Kentucky Christian College in 2005.  Passionate about the role Christians can play in promoting peace, Pickens earned his Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, England, in 1997.


About the Wittlinger Chapel Series

The series is named in memory of Carlton O. Wittlinger, a former student, history professor and administrator at Messiah College.  Wittlinger graduated from Messiah College in 1935 and returned to teach at the college for 31 years.  The Wittlinger Chapel Series is sponsored by the Messiah College Sider Institute, an organization that further the exploration of Anabaptism, Pietism, and Wesleyan faiths through a variety of educational opportunities and scholarly programs.  To learn more about the Sider Institute, visit